In Our View: Grid Disaster in Texas Leads to Open Access Soul Searching

Date: 26 Mar 2021 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The disaster in Texas resulting from an electric grid that was deliberately left exposed and likely to fail in rare cold weather events has received a lot of dramatic coverage, as well it should given the loss of life and damage to so many homes and businesses. It also raised some questions regarding competition and designing markets. … Read More

Report: Wilson, N.C., Shows What’s Possible When a Broadband Network Puts Community First

Date: 7 Dec 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

This case study explores the wide-ranging community benefits of Greenlight, the city-owned broadband network in Wilson, North Carolina. The network has been able to quickly adapt and expand service during the pandemic. … Read More

In the Des Moines Register: West Des Moines Broadband Plan Shows Innovation

Date: 2 Sep 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In the Des Moines Register, ILSR’s Christopher Mitchell discusses Iowa’s leadership in broadband and West Des Moines’ innovative partnership with Google Fiber which will provide high-quality Internet service at an affordable price for all residents.… Read More

Spelling Out Our Vision at the Community Broadband Networks Initiative

Date: 30 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

After many years working to promote community networks, we here at Community Broadband Networks want to lay out our broader vision of a better connected country. We hope this vision pulls together all we’ve done and continue to do, and provides a framework for understanding our worldview.… Read More

Idaho’s Proposed Broadband Grant Cares More About Protecting Monopolies Than Expanding High-Quality Connectivity

Date: 18 Jun 2020 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

As states are considering whether and how to use federal CARES Act funding to improve Internet access, Idaho is poised to enact counter-productive limits on who can use that money by excluding community-owned solutions. Though many states have been under pressure from big monopoly providers to only fund for-profit business models with broadband subsidies, those voices seem largely absent in this Idaho fight. Instead, it is some local monopoly providers that are threatened by a wave of new community networks that break the old monopoly approach to broadband networks.… Read More

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